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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

David's Squirrel and Butterfly

 These two coloring pages were in David's Phonological  Awareness Skills Program (PASP). For a while he got stuck on "squirrels" and colored me a million brown squirrels. Finally, I helped him picked some color and as a result, I got a psychedelic rodent and nuts. I REALLY like it. I want to frame it.  Hoping for a a co-ordinating drawing, I finally got him interested in coloring the butterfly.

Arts and craft skills don't come easy in my house. I am sure that I've posted before on a teacher who blamed our homeschooling for the older boys not being able to color, cut, glue, etc...

I am not good at it, so she's right, I don't spend much time coloring or with crafts. We have plenty of other skills so no big loss.

Also, with undiagnosed dyslexia (and diagnosed) fine motor skills are often lacking. These are the skills needed for arts and crafts. Uncorrected dyslexics often hold their pen or crayon with the thumb crossing to compensate for lack of fine motor at the finger tips. I spotted this immediately in David and have been able to show him how to hold a crayon and  have some control.  His coloring is so much improved because of all the brown squirrels he colored.

Besides a great opportunity to hang his art like its a Mona Lisa--to me its much better-- he got the essence of our house. He used colors that go with the inside. As for the outside, we have two mature acorns trees, dropping nuts and attracting lots of squirrels. We also just planted Mexican Petunias, which are purple. His art is perfect to display! Now to get mats and frames and decide which room to hang these in.


Trish said...

I really enjoy those pictures. Thanks for sharing! Great job David!

Elizabeth said...

Boys in general do not have the fine motor skills early. I have also found that my boys were not as interested in coloring. My dyslexic child is a girl and she loves to color.

My oldest boy never liked coloring. He is fifteen today and all his drawings are in pen or pencil. They are awesome... very technical with all the important elements labeled... very left brained.

I think it's silly to be criticized because a child doesn't like to color. It may not be his thing! Maybe David colors brown squirrels because he is technical and thinks things should be very accurate like my Matthew. If he starts drawing in black and white and begins labeling things... that would be funny! I try to avoid pushing my children to be anything. Especially I try not to push them to be like me. That's any easy one to fall into.

It is funny that my girls is artistic and creative like me but then I look at my technical Matthew and I realize, he is creative in his own way. He is looking at the intricate details of mechanical things and scenarios. That is a skill that is very needed.

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